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washington. a florida church's rfl to back down has the state department stepping up efforts to keep americans safe. >> are you ready for some football? as the nfl kicks off the new season, keith mills has a look at the ravens. >> and the insta-weather plus forecast as 11 news today continues right now. [captioning made possible by constellation energy group] >> good morning. i'm mindy basara. >> i'm stan stovall. >> tony pann? >> we have baseball weather but this morning peels like football weather. temperatures have dropped into the 50's. again, you might want to take a light jacket or sweater if you're sensitive to the cooler temperatures like that. much cooler than yesterday. but still nice. 78 is our forecasted high temperature.
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could be breezy with a mixture of sunshine and a few clouds. first we sy good morning to sarah and see what's happening on the roads. >> is it me or do people get bass when they talk about football. >> football! >> football! >> this accident off to the side. no longer blocking the left lane. southbound 895, problem with debris blocking the right lane. so as they clear it, i it may start to cause delays. translates out at northern and charles. treat it as a stop sign. you should be able to get by. 3w5u busy intersection. >> belair and bitson lane, fire truck activity. a live look at harford road and the northeast corner of the beltway. we'll show you where the debris is being cleared at miravia.
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tough to see with the banner if they have the right lane open. i can see flashing lights, so perhaps it's still being cleared at miravia. >> our big story this morning, the perseverance of baltimore firefighters put to the test with two four-alarm fires yesterday. >> jennifer franciotti with more on that story. >> it was quite a scene yesterday. firefighters were busy fighting fires to 11 houses on two niche blocks. all but two houses were vacant. five rowhouses went up in flames there. then three more caught fire on the other side. firefighters rushed to houses on the next block. everyone did get out safely. no word on what caused the first fire, but officials are
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pretty sure of what happened on north cary street. >> one consideration is there may have been embers that may have been blown from one fire across the street to the next may have ignited that one. we don't know at this point. >> in all 100 firefighters responded. one firefighter suffered minor injuries. mindy back to you. >> a 34-year-old columbia man who survived an apartment fire is charged with not only setting the blaze, but killing his ex-wife moments earlier. damon white set fire to the apartment to cover up the murder of the 35-year-old woman. she obtained a restraining order against her husband in 2008. >> i think in every, every single case of domestic violence, if you look carefully enough into the past, you will see evidence that a woman, in fact,, was being abused. she told someone.
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someone overheard. >> white was also injured, but it's unclear if the wounds were self-inflicted. >> a 14-year-old has been indicted on charges of murder and armed robbery. 14-year-old mar teaseya holts shot and killed jose on august 13 after he laughed off holtz's attempts to rob him. another was injured but sfered his injuries. holtz's 18-year-old brother was indicted as an accessory after the fact. prosecutors will try to get a man accused of a road rage murder back in jail after saying he was allowed to post bond after a previous judge ordered him held without bail. ewan was sitting at a red light when king allegedly shot and killed him. >> a preacher at a small
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florida church has ignited a controversy as he moves forward with plans to burn copies of the cuaron. kate amara joins us live from our washington bureau with more on this story. zphathe >> good morning, mindy. ahead of this protest, plans for security at home and abroad. >> the state department ordered ambassadors around the world to take action and precautions amid the fact that the cuaron burning -- leaders from around the world and across the political and religious spectrum are condemning the plan to protest 9/11. >> we have to make sure our country is known around the world as a place where liberty of religion and respect and love for your neighbor are the
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most prominent in our society. >> despite pressure to back down, the leader of the small florida church is moving forward. >> so as of right now, we are not convinced that backing down is the right thing. >> but pastor terry jones will have to do it without the internet since his website was canceled. >> we feel that is an indirect of course, violation of our freedom of expression, freedom of speech. >> a spokesperson for the web post says the site was canceled because it haves their policy about hate speech. i'm kate amara, wbal-tv 11 news. >> mindy? >> in addition to top government officials, who else is speaking out against this? >> the vatican is condemning this, angelina joe lee, glen beck, sarah palin, even franklin graham the son of billy graham who is an outspoken critic of islam condemning this at this point.
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>> a diverse group of people there. thank you kate. >> well a north carolina restaurant has peace and quiet on its men knew but a tough recipe for some dineers to follow. the sign says it all. no screaming kids allowed. tired of hearing their customers complain about screaming kids while their customers are trying to dine. >> if they find it offending i suggest they find another truant eat at, because we're not going to. >> that's a crying baby. that's a screaming child. >> ahh! >> employees will ask parents to take their screaming children outside. 1k3w but some parents feel they are being victimized for behavior they cannot control nor initiated. that brings us to our water cooler question of the day. do you think it's fair to force parents to leave a restaurant if their child becomes loud or unruley? email your response to us at
6:08 am back in my day, they used to say, i'll give you something to be noisy about. >> hey, you say that to me. [laughter] 57 degrees on tv hill. >> also ahead, just when she thought she was getting things under control, britney spears is making tabloid headlines yet again. find out what is landing the pop star in court. >> and a tropical storm trigers all sorts of dangerous conditions. we'll show you some of the damage. >> the 2010 dragon boat races taking place this saturday at the inner harbor. a preview coming up. >> also a look at your morning commute. we'll talk about delays and check on the rest of the major
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>> a very good thursday morning to you. a lot chillier today for sure. we're in the 50's in the outlying suburbs this morning and 63 out here. at canton where a dragon boat is going to be pulling up behind me short lyrics once it gets a little lighter out here. in hon of the dragon boat races at the inner harbor. john gilbert, you're with verizon. you guys have been a platinum responser ever since the inception of the dragon boat races? >> yes. we've been behind it since 1998 was the first year we were involved, and it's just become a big event for the company. >> right. it is every other year and benefits catholic charities. we're looking at video of
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previous races. your daily bread is your charity. what's it take to get ready? >> we start practicing every wednesday early in july and there was a group of us that participated in the baltimore dragon boat club back the challenge back in june. so we've been at it for a while. >> so you got a win? >> yes. >> 10,000 people come out to cheer you guys on. describe the atmosphere. >> it's a lot of fun. a long day, but a tremendous amount of fun and when you get out on the water, it's peacefull until the race starts, and then it's just mass confusing. >> friendsied? >> yes. >> we start near the world trade center and then paddle towards the science center. >> well, you've got the paddle with you now. i can't wait to see the actual dragon boat pull up behind me.
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weather-wise, another high and dry day, but the difference is while we were in the lope 90's yesterday, today upper 70's and breezy. all the showers well out in the plains. remnants of hermine. tony, we've got your steering patal. >> no. i'm going to be the guy who sits at the front of the boat and beats the drum. >> i'll pass that along. >> right. i'm not doing any paddling. >> but you'll do the drumming. all right. >> we'll check out the dragon boats. i've never gone, but everybody that's told me about it says it's really neat to watch. >> we were in the low 90's, our 56th day this summer with temperatures at or above 90. these are the average temperatures for this time of year. should be 80 degrees at the beginning of september. the average low temperature is now down to 59 degrees. so we're really turning the corner into autumn. so the 90-degree temperatures
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should be winding down. we had a front go through yesterday, the temperatures have dropped into the 50's. might be cool enough for you to take a jacket or light sweater. 59 in frederick and 57 degrees at the airport. we have clear skies. at the present time a lot of sunshine to start the day. you'll probably see a few cumulus clouds to start the day. our next chance for precipitation will come with what's left of hermine in the southern plain states. until sunday, this big area of high pressure will be in control of the weather, which means cooler temperatures, but should be nice. we'll see sunshine saturday. the forecast looks like this. a mix of sunshine and a few clouds today. breezy and cooler than yes. -- than yesterday. but i think you still call it
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nice. >> tonight clear skies and even cooler than last night. temperatures will drop into the upper 40's. in the chillier suburbs. outstanding day on friday. sunshine 77. hopefully we'll get rain out of the system on sunday. high temperature near 80. looks like it will clear up on monday of next week. that's a look at the seven-day forecast. sarah shh >> good morning, everyone. we're still dealing with a few problems out there. but nothing that's having a major impact. we had some debris on southbound 85 to miravia. now belair at bitson lane, fire department activity. northern and charles, defective tract lights. creating delays in that area throughout the morning rush. not seeing a whole lot,
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sluggish on the beltway. still moving well southbound 95. jfx in great shape. here's a live look at 295. going away from us is southbound traffic. delays shortly around 175. we'll switch over to a live view out miravia where everything is all clear. mindy? >> taking a look at some of our top stories, the remnants of tropical storm tropical storm of tropical storm hermine are creating deadly storms in texas. killeen, somerset and arlington. several tornados were in the dallas area. firefighters in colorado say a raging wildfire that has destroyed 135 homes is only 10% contained. so far some 3500 people have
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been forced to evacuate their neighborhood in what's now become the most destructive fire in the area's history. the density is the reason for its severity. so far four people are still missing. you can thank a down economy for one of the safest years on the road in a decade. ray la hood is expected to release the numbers for traffic fatalities. they are at the lowest levels in 50 years. more americans began driving fewer miles. >> in this morning's "consumer alert" a down economy certainly doesn't seem to have had a effect on the airport operations. nearly 2.1 million passengers traveled through the airport. southwest, the airport's largest airline served the most
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passengers, nearly 1.2 million. governor martin o'malley says it signals growth at the airport. credit card use was at 56%. down from 87% in 2007. and for the first time the total volume for visa debit cards overtook credit cards. analysts expect that troned continue and users have cut back on credit card usage and increased the reloadible prepaid debit and gift cards as well. you know how coffee prices have been creeping up? jane king has more in the bloomberg business report. >> good morning. some good news if you have a sweet tooth and bad news for coffee lovers. coffee futures yesterday hiting a 13-year high concerned about a funk gus hurting crops in south america. raw sugar getting cheaper. still a dry season in brazil
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and flooding in pakistan may hurt prices going forward. >> t mobile letting customers add up to three lineses for free. a one-time activation fee for children but no charge for you until 20 12. if you want to reward your child with unlimited texting, that will run you $20 per month, per line. we'll see if those gains can continue today. stanley, black and decker and t. rowe price. 25 fewer executives at lockheed-martin because they have opted for a voluntary retirement. at the new york stock exchange, i'm jane king. wbal-tv 11 news. >> in entertainment news this morning a fompler body guard for britney spears is suing the
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pop singer for sexual harassment. he says the singer repeatedly exposed herself to him and berated him in a movie theater and ex-husband kevin federline says the claims are baseless. >> calling her a lindsay lohan wannabe, a judge ordered snooky to pay a $500 fine for disturbing the peace and disorderly conduct while staggering around seaside beach. but she poll apologized an to anyone she annoyed. >> i actually like snooky. >> i've never seen the show. >> it's interesting. >> so you keep telling me. >> another check on weather and traffic straight ahead. >> the orioles were poised to
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break out to brooms. could they pull off the sweep? keath has the answer for us. >> don't forget to email us your answer to our water cooler question of the day, do you think it's fair to force parents to leave a restaurant if their child becomes loud or unruley? email your response to us at >> here's a look at last night's winning maryland lottery numbers. good luck.
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>> good morning. once again sarah caldwell looking at your morning commute. we have a knew accident at
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miravia road and pulaski highway. you are going to find delays at northern parkway at charles street. lights are out at that intersection. so use extra caution. 48 miles per hour on southbound 5. so delays developing there. on the west side a little bit of a slowdown. the live view right at liberty. we'll show you delays are slowly starting to fall into place. once you get down towards security is when things start to open up. on the harrisburg expressway, so far moving well from the maryland line to the beltway. now tony with a check on your forecast. >> good morning. obviously a big change from yesterday. we were in the low 90's yesterday afternoon. a front came through, and we're dropping back into the 50's. you might want to take a light jacket or sweater. it's 57 at the airport. the forecast for today, breezy this afternoon, but nice.
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a mixture of sunshine and clouds with a high of 78. it's football season! here's the man. keith mills. >> thank you, very much. the ravens kick off their 15th season in baltimore monday night against the new york jets, and this game cannot come soon enough. actually the nfl season begins tonight at the saints play the strikings. but for t.j. ford and the ravens, it -- for t.j. houshmandzadeh, and the ravens, it starts monday. he was learning the playbook and will team with bolden, eric mason, to give joe flacco another legitimate option. >> as we go through practice this weekend. the coaches get a feel for me and my grass roots offense. if i don't have a great feel for it, i'm sure they'll limit me. but if i show them i'm picking
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it up quickly, i'm sure they will let me show more. >> talking, communicating,, that's great. makes the job easier for me. miss playing the game. got to heroin how they like to play the game and once you learn how the players like to play the game, then you can play off of them. >> tosh wilson went to maryland. coun down to kickoff. 7:00, gerry sandusky, pete gilbert. jennifer franciotti, we'll take you down to the power plant for the ravens pep rally. we'll also hear live from derrick mason. 7:00 tonight. the orioles will spend the night in detroit. they open a series with the opposition tomorrow. can't blame buck for freting the one that got away. but matt weeder, home run 11 on a 3-0 pitch. don't see many 3-0-pitch home runs.
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saw one there. brad ferguson again gave the orioles a strong start. nick swisher takes strike three, the umpire, now swisher would get another chance, and it would cost the orioles severely in the ninth. trying to close it out. oh, man. need a double play ball instead a two-run home run. the reaction tells the story. 3-2, the yanks win but tonight 7:00, ravens coun down to kickoff. paint your face purple. >> i will do that. >> as you're sitting at home watching. 6:27. 62 degrees on tv hill. much more to come in the next half-hour of 11 news today. >> baltimore city firefighters had a busy day last night battling two four-alarm fires. i'm jennifer franciotti with details next. >> and bringing slots to the area, what gameling backers are doing to bring their message to
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voters. >> i've got my official paddle and now i'm ready for the 2010 dragon boat races benefitting
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>> good morning, everybody. welcome back to 11 news today. i'm stan stovall. >> and i'm mindy basara. thank you for joining us. meteorologist tony pann has a look at your temperatures. >> i'm an autumn weather fan for sure. yesterday a little front came through. now it feels like fall. temperatures in the 50's at the present time. take a light jacket or sweater. we're shooting for a high of 78 this afternoon. breezy with a mixture of sunshine and clouds. for now to the news desk. >> our big story this morning, days like this are thankfully few and far between for firefighters. >> because they were kept busy by a pair of massive four-alarm fires blocks from each other. jennifer franciotti joins us with more details. >> firefighters battled fires to 11 rowhouses. nine luckily were vacant and now investigators are on the case.
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>> smoke, flames and firefighters desperately trying to contain two separate fires. >> too close. >> neighbors like charles and michelle jordan watched as flames shot out of a window two doors down. >> my main concern was getting the babies out of the house. >> very scary thinking you're going to lose everything you got just in a fire. it's hard. it's real hard. >> the fire started on the 1,300 block of north calhoun. first five houses on one side of the street went up in flames. then three more caught fire on the other side. about an hour later firefighters rushed a block away on north cary. >> one consideration is there may have been embers from one fire that blew across the street to the next may have ignited that one. whether according to investigators two of the homes were occupied when the fires broke out, but everybody got out safely. >> a woman like this was
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overwhich by smoke and one firefighter suffered minor injuries. in all over 100 firefighters responded. >> this is terrible this is too many people's lives and homes involved. this is a disaster. this is the worst i seen. never seen nothing like this. >> hot spots re-ignited last night. firefighters were able to get that under control and most of the night firefighters were on the scene looking for evidence. >> jen, hazmat crews worked through the night cleaning up a hide chloric acid spill. into the 2900 block of whittington avenue. 11 workers had to be evacuated. no injuries reported but the situation could have been much worse. >> we also had two members that were in the building close to the exposed area that at this time have been checked out by the medic units on the scene and appear to be fine. >> officials are still trying
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to figure out exactly what caused that spill. >> a pair of men are in the custody of baltimore coun police accuse odd of interfering -- accused of distracting pilots with the laser lights. >> we were on the west side of baltimore coun and struck by one of the lasers. again, i can tell you first hand it's very disconcerting and disorienting and like the lieutenant said, it could absolutely affect the aircrew's ability to safely continue to flight. >> police officials will be meeting this week to propose their response to what they say has become an increasing problem. >> the battle for slots has the look and feel of a major political campaign. phone banks are humming. posters are popping up all over and it's getting expensive. those trying to get a slot
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license have already spent more than $1 million in tv advertising. >> when you understand the question, the answer is simple. vote for question a. >> it doesn't make sense. it needs to be in a location by itself. >> tved a wars in the battle for slots. >> opponents of slots at the mall launched an air offensive spending over $1 million urging a no vote on ref ren dumb a. bringing a no vote will bring slots. those against started to run ads yesterday and they have just opened a jobs and revenue headquarters launching what they call a truth drive saying a vote against not only doesn't bring slots to the park but eliminates slots altogether putting hundreds of millions of dollars at risk. supporters rolled out an electronic tally. >> we have a half a dozen of
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these kinds of facilities which will enhance the coun and what is already the number one tourist deaths nation in the state. will enhance the tax and job base. >> developer david touted as being part of the home team. he is the backing of the f.o.p., firefighters, teachers union and minority contractor's association. it's expected to generate 4,000 new jobs. >> we need jobs. in the construction industry, in this state, we are approaching 15%. 15% unemployment. >> he expects generating supporting police, fire and other coun services. and provide $400 million each year to the state education trust fund. >> we believe this will provide our children with the adequate school facilities and take care of a lot of our backlogs.
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>> their commitment to slots include upgrades to roads and other infrastructure associated with back-related growth. in the news, wbal-tv 11 news. >> good morning. sarah caldwell here, looking at your morning commute. we do have a problem miravia road and pulaski highway. be careful getting through the intersection of northern parkway at charles. busy intersection. lights are out there. mlk at pennsylvania avenue, a new accident coming in and delays falling into place mostly in the west side outer loop. 795 to the 83 is about an 11-minute ride. we'll give you a quick, live look outside and show you things are backing down at the the outer loop at liberty. things then start to open up. so far, so good on the harrisburg expressway.
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jfx looking good as well. sandra shaw at the inner harbor getting ready for dragon boat races, huh? >> yes. these are the dragon boats from china. they are 27 teams participating. the 2010 dragon boat races benefitting catholic charities this saturday from 8:00-to-6:00 and it's quite an awesome event. 10,000 spectators the last time they had it. verizon, a platinum responser. you do more than responser this, you're active with our daily bread, which is your partner charity. >> we try to serve as often as we can during the day. they also have an employment center there. so several people like me have signed up to do mock interviews so they can practice when they go out to do real interviews. >> it's a great fundraiser. >> catholic charities does such great work. they've got 80 programs, and
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they provide this social safety net in the city. so they do great work. >> believe it or not, we're watching our team of dragon boaters who just pulled up behind me. it's all about the sink anyization. they go across the harbor. this is the verizon team you're seeing. you met john gilbert who steer it is team. they have been practicing since early july every wednesday. they actually did a race in june. so they are ready to go and win it all. seven-day forecast shows an awesome forecast. 80 on saturday. maybe showers on sunday. but should be fine for the 2010 dragon boat races. come on out and cheer for everybody. it's going to be a great event. >> and the teams have to have eight women on the rowing team. eight have to be women. >> time is 6:38. 62 degrees on tv hill. you've heard of a miniature horse farm. we'll take you to a miniature
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cattle ranch. an unusual breed of cow. >> and we're still taking your answers to our water cooler question of the day, do you think it's fair to force parents to leave a restaurant if their child becomes loud or unruley? email your response to us at
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everyone knows a fee is a tax. you raised some taxes during that period, particularly the property tax as well as a lot of fee increases. as you know, there's a big difference between fees and taxes. but...they're the same. it's a tax. it's a tax. it's a tax. it's a tax. there's a big difference between fees and taxes. fees and taxes are one in the same. if it comes out of my pocket, it's a tax. now he says it isn't true. we didn't raise taxes. what? still doing the same thing, paying out more money. typical politician.
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>> a canadian rancher is trying to enlarge his farm with tinier stock. at first glance they look like a tinier herd. but down, look way down. these are mini cows. cows stand just over three feet high saying the smaller ones are less aggressivened eat much
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less than their full size counterpart. can someone say slide center >> oh, bad, bad taste. no pun intended there. the pink panther went for a check-up. don't adjust the color on your tv set. these are cubs at a screrlen zoo. this one's been dubbed the pink panther. it doesn't seem to have a popular trip for the patient. the three- month-old, 9-poun cub are just a few in captivity. there's just a handfull of black ones that exist. >> feisty kitty. the time is 6:4 2, 62 degrees. >> got to think about it. >> coming up, we'll take a look at the morning headlines. >> and we're checking your morning commute as well. so far, so good on the major roadways. >> and a touch of autumn out
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there. temperatures in the 50's. we'll let you know what's going to happen as we head to the weekend. first a look outside. clear skies , 57 at the airport. stor
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>> welcome back to 11 news today. a 34-year-old columbia man who survived an apartment fire is charged not only with seting the fire but killing his ex-wife moments earlier. he set fire to try to cover up the murder of 35-year-old thelma win. court documents show the couple had a volatile history with win obtaining a restraining order against her husband. it's unclear if his wounds were self-inflicted. an inmate that escaped from custody, william lee lucas ran
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away from corrections officers while he was being transferred to a different fat in baltimore city yesterday. he is serveing a four-year sentence and scheduled to be released next year. he was last seen wearing a blue corrections suit and pants. if you see him, you're urged to call 911. well a restaurant has peace and quiet on its recipe but a tough recipe for some to swallow. the sign says it all. no screaming kids allowed. tired of hearing the customers complain of screaming kids, brenda put up the sign and then put her money where her mouth was. some parents say they feel victimized and that brings us to your answers to our water cooler question of the day. >> this morning we asked do you think it's fair to force parents to leave a restaurant if their child becomes loud or unruley? >> joe in pasadena writes if the restaurant advertises
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itself as a family restaurant there should not be a restriction but if it recognizes itself as a formal or semi formal atmosphere, adults or children should be asked to leave. >> one writes i think it's common sense and good maners to remove a fussy child from a restaurant or bank or store. i once left a cart of merchandise in a kmart so i could take my fussy one home. the store saved my cart so i could come back later. >> chuck e. cheese for screaming, whiney hyper active children. if i'm paying my hard-earned money the last thing i want is to hear some whiney fwrat. we'll post more of your answers on our website at
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>> i think it makes sense. we ask tony to excuse himself all the time, don't we, tony? we have a couple things to watch for. northern parkway at charles street. translates out. it's -- traffic lights out. we have an accident clearing at pulaski highway and miravia road. starting to see delays on 95 just past the beltway and on the west side a little bit of slowing. let's show you what's going on. liberty looks like it's stop-n-go. here's what it looks like on southbound 95 coming out of the northeast. that's all volume. traffic pulse 11. checking in live with sandra shaw at the inner harbor talking about the dragon boat races. they are very talented.
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>> they are and 10,000 spectators expected to show. it's from 58 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. this saturday. co-captain of one of these boats is mike steadman. what's the atmosphere like? >> it's great. i've done this six years now. it's a family atmosphere and the teams get together. we mix and mingle and you make tons of new friends. even spectators from out of town. >> there are 21 people on the team and it's required eight women have to be on the team. tell us about what type of training you and your female cohorts have had to do to get ready this this? >> we do eight practices a week. two a day once a week and it's a lot of team spirit and endurance. keeping up with the guys. it's a lot of fun. >> and again the benefit is catholic charities. and take a look at the team
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behind me. wave! this is a mixture of all different teams, the die-hards if you will. they are ready to go, and what does it take to win this thing? >> dragon boating is the ultimate team sport. everyone needs to be in sync from the drum tore the paddler to the steerer. >> i'm sure it was different for the different people in the boat to try to get over here, but we appreciate it. a.c. doer -- h.d. doppler radar showing all the rain and remnants of hermine away for now. you can drum them on, tony as you said. >> ask them if you need any musical talent to do that. if you do, i might have to sit at the back of the boat. >> all right. >> as long as you're in sync. you just don't want to drum and get them off their rhythm. >> in other words don't thereon music in your ipod while you're
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drumming. >> right. >> we can appreciate that. it's going to be nice weather on saturday for the races. we do have some rain in the forecast for the weekend. not necessarily bad news. been real dry around here. fire danger is high. it was in the low 90's yesterday afternoon. that was our 56th day this summer with temperatures at or above 90 degrees. front came through dropping off temperatures. we should be upper 70's to 80 degrees this time of year. temperatures have dropped into the 50's in the suburbs. some of you might want to take a light jacket or sweat tore start the day today. we have clear skies right now. beautiful sunrise. we'll probably see a few clouds as we head into the afternoon. this is next chance for rain i was referring to.
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it's the left jovers from what was tropical storm hermine. it's got a long distance to go. in the short term, this big area of high pressure will be the controlling factor in our weather. that should keep us cool and dry as we head into the start of the weekend. we could see rain from the tropical system starting as early as saturday night. breezy. cooler than yesterday. but still nice with high temperatures in the upper 70's. sunset this evening at 7:25. temperatures dropping back into the 50's once again. perhaps down close to 50 in some of the cooler northwest suburbs. high temperature near 77. clouds will start to thicken up. with the system coming out of the planes states. we certainly need the rain this then it should clear out on monday. >> baltimore city firefighters
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had one of their biziest days of the year battling not one but two four-alarm fires. jennifer franciotti joins us live with more. >> hey, mindy, it was quite a scene yesterday. firefighters were busy fighting fires to 11 rowhouses on two nearby blocks. all but two were vacant. it started on the 1,300 block of north calhoun street. about an hour later, firefighters rushed to three more houses about a block away on north cary street. according to investigators, two of the homes were occupied when the fires broke out. but everyone got out safely. arson investigators are looking for the cause of the first fire, however, the second fire is believe to have been caused by embers floating over there. >> it's 6:57 on tv hill. >> we'll take a look at weather and traffic together when we tr
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i'm bob ehrlich. i'm not the kind of guy who likes to hang on the sidelines. today maryland is in trouble. we're worse off than we were four years ago. dangerous debt, higher taxes, not enough jobs. we need real leadership to turn this state around. fix the budget -- honestly. grow small businesses -- really. excellent schools -- everywhere. protect the bay -- finally. it's why i'm running. to make the state we love not just good but great. now let's get down to work.
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my commute home to the eastern shore every night only takes an hour but that's more time than congress spends reading massive spending bills, it's crazy. that's why i wrote a law that requires 72 hours to read every bill. i read the big bills and i said no. no to the $3 trillion budget, no to the bank bailout, and no to the health care bill. at home you would never pay a bill without reading it
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neither should congress. i'm frank kratovil and i approve this message because i'm proud to be ranked one of the most independent members of congress. >> a very good thursday morning. let's take a look at our current statistics. it's 57 at b.w.i. marshall. 63 downtown. going to be a beautiful day today, high of 77-78. we've been talking about the dragon boat races 2010 benefitting catholic charities. at the inner harbor this saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. this is a conglomerate of a team. 27 teams participating in 2010 this saturday about 10,000 spectators expected. as apaddle this deporjouse
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thursday morning. we'll send it back to you guys. >> every two years for the races. maybe that's time for us to muster up a team. >> you think that's time for us to get in shape? >> remember, you're the drummer guy. >> let's talk weather. here's the seven-day forecast. going to be a nice day today. breezy, but a big change from yesterday. overnight lows for the next few days will be in the 50's. ip close to 80 on saturday and hopefully rain saturday night and sunday. when you get into your car tune into 1090 wbal-tv radio weather and traffic on the on the 5's. >> accident approaching middletown road. northern at charles, all traffic lights are out. miravia road and pulaski highway. our heaviest spots are on the west side. we'll give you a quick live look at traffic on 95 out of
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the joppa road region and delays forming towards white marsh. >> thank you for joining us on 11 news today. back for a live update at 7:25.
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